Chelsea advance to the Champions League final for the third time in their history by defeating Real Madrid 2-0 this evening, securing a 3-1 aggregate win.
Goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount were enough to send the Blues through where they will aim to win the competition for a second time and first since 2012.
They did it this way the last time. Roberto Di Matteo taking over mid-season with the club supposedly in disarray, and Tuchel’s campaign is no less remarkable.
He arrived with a remit to ensure qualification for next season’s competition through league position. Get that fourth placed spot.
Instead, Chelsea may return as holders if they can overcome Manchester City in the second all-English final in three seasons.
Werner was pretty much the matchwinner just added to the sense of achievement. This has been a hard year for him and a header into an unguarded goal from inside the six yard box is not going to win goal of the season.
Chelsea finally found that after 84 minutes, at the end of a second-half in which they had missed a good five chances to end this tie as a contest.
When the second came it followed more excellent work from N’Golo Kante with substitute Christian Pulisic the coolest head on the pitch. He delayed and delayed his delivery until he could pick out the excellent Mason Mount arriving. He found the target and Madrid were done.
Los Blancos were lacklustre and failed to put the home side under sufficient pressure, allowing them to progress with relative ease.
Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29 in Istanbul.
The Blues face Pep Guardiola’s team in the Premier League at the weekend on the road.
Real Madrid must overcome their loss to focus on their LaLiga title challenge at home to Sevilla on Sunday.